San Francisco, CA (Alamo Aquare)
Oh, it is such a tiny space! We wanted Emmett's room to really reflect our family, not just make "best use" of the space, so we took inspiration from our neighborhood, our experiences, our sustainability standards and went for it.
First, we started with a felt rug from a shop in our neighborhood - Peace Industry. We just chose our favorite. We had wanted a rug from there for quite some time, and it was a perfect choice for Emmett's room - thick lambswool made colorful with natural dyes.
Then we commissioned a mural from local artist Brian Barneclo. We had admired and dined beside his work at our corner restaurant, Nopa, for years. We agreed to and desired his independent vision, with a request that somehow our neighborhood be incorporated and the paint be non-toxic. It is bold and spectacular. The images are starting points for stories we make up with Emmett, and the characters within the mural continue to take on personalities.
Next we chose bamboo furniture from Kalon Studios: a crib and a custom dresser with a "changing trunk" on top that later becomes a reading bench. Books ended up on the floor lining one wall - some between old wooden bookends from Bryan's family, and others in a "reading nook" we made in the closet with low shelves, a blanket, and some pillows. The final touch was hanging paper flowers from our wedding on the old chandelier. A real mishmash of us, and we totally love it!
Thanks, Nicole and Bryan!
(Images: Nicole T.)
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